KIMBERLEY: (By Steve Jobs)– Thousands of South Africans have started pouring into National Parks to rediscover fauna and flora in the country in connection with South African National Parks Week that will last till Friday. They are free to go any part of their choice and all visits will be free of cost.
Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa told The South Africa News that the South African National Parks Week carrying theme “Know your national parks” had begun at Mokala National Park in the Northern Cape. Molewa urged people to visit and view country’s beauty.
“More the people will throng in national parks, more they will find splendid scenery and cultural wildlife assets that will instill sense of proud among them.”
On a question, Molewa mentioned that National Parks Week would work as stimulus for local economic progress and job creation.
The week-long campaign welcomes to all the national parks controlled by SANParks, with the exception of Boulders at Table Mountain and Namaqua National Park.
SANParks Chief Executive Officer David Mabunda in his interaction with mediamen revealed that National Parks Week provide them with an opportunity to exhibit the country’s parks as inexpensive local resorts and recreational sites, which added in unique experiences.
SANParks acting Head of Communications, Raynold Thakhudi, said the week would cultivate a sense of pride in all South Africans in their association with natural and cultural heritage of the country.
Government visualized the idea of a National Parks Week in 2006 realizing that people’s visits to national parks were below the target and there was dire need to expose them with wild treasure.
In an encouragement move, young people under the age of 16 are permitted to get free access without proof of identity. The free access to the parks does not feature any commercial activities in the park.
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